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Standards & Certification

You earn CPCM, CFCM and CCCM certifications through a valuable combination of education and practical experience.

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ATTENTION NCMA Certification Exam Candidates: Testing Center Closures and Application Extensions

For those who are pursuing an NCMA certification, this announcement provides information on testing center closures and application extensions.

Testing Center Closures.  To protect the health and safety of test candidates, proctors, and staff during the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the testing centers listed in the spreadsheet (accessed via the link below) have temporarily closed.

The spreadsheet will be updated as more testing centers close and others open.  Once your local test center reopens, we strongly encourage you to reschedule your own exam to quickly lock in the location, date, and time that's most convenient for you.


Application Extensions.  In light of this situation, NCMA will assess the 1-year application deadlines as they approach and announce no-cost application extensions, if necessary.  For instance, currently, all applications due to expire between now and September 29, 2020 have been extended to September 30, 2020.  As September 30 approaches, NCMA will determine if another extension is appropriate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at or 800.344.8096.

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  • CPCM

    Certified Professional Contract Manager

    For both government and commercial contract managers.


    • Bachelor's degree
    • > 5 years experience
    • > 120 hours of continuing professional education
    • Application fee: $210 (members) / $410 (non-members) Exam fee: $125 ($150 for non-U.S. applicants)
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  • CFCM

    Certified Federal Contract Manager

    For professionals supporting federal government initiatives, based on the Federal Acquisition Regulation.


    • Bachelor's degree
    • > 1 year experience
    • > 80 hours of continuing professional education
    • Application fee: $150 (members) / $350 (non-members) Exam fee: $125 ($150 for non-U.S. applicants)
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  • CCCM

    Certified Commercial Contract Manager

    For commercial contract managers, based on the Uniform Commercial Code.


    • Bachelor's degree
    • > 1 year experience
    • > 80 hours of continuing professional education
    • Application fee: $150 (members) / $350 (non-members) Exam fee: $125 (nationally) / $150 (internationally)
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ANSI Accreditation

On April 22, 2019, the Board of Standards Review of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited NCMA’s Contract Management StandardTM (CMS) as an American National Standard (ANS).

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Certification Process

Attaining professional certification in Contract Management will distinguish you as a subject matter expert, while boosting your own performance and enhancing the profession as a whole.

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All certificants (CPCM, CFCM, CCCM) are required to recertify by December 31, every 5th year.

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Certification FAQs

NCMA's certification programs can take your career to the next level. To help you choose the program that's right for you, we've put together answers to the questions we get asked the most.

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Certification Online Prep Courses

Convenient and interactive online classroom environment designed to prepare students for the Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) or Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) certification exam.

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Continuing Professional Education

All contract managers should participate in learning activities that maintain or improve individual competence. Acceptable Continuing Professional Education (CPE) encompasses programs specific to the development and maintenance of professional skills.

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